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A re-editing of Gone to Earth (1950) after a disagreement and court case between director Michael Powell and producer David O. Selznick. Selznick's changes are mainly:- (1) Adding a prologue. (2) Adding scenes explaining things, often by putting labels or inscriptions on them. (3) Adding more close-ups of Jennifer Jones (Selznick's wife). He also deleted a few scenes that he felt weren't dramatic enough. Sadly some of these were major plot points so the story doesn't make as much sense as the original. In his autobiographies, Powell claimed that Selznick only left about 35 mins of the original film. In fact there's a lot more than that. About 2/3 of the original remains.Written by
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The beautiful photography is without doubt the only thing that lingers in the mind.The film is just interminably dull whichever version of it you look at.Mind you it has to be said that any collaboration by two such strong willed characters as Michael Powell and David Selznick was always going to end with an altercation.Both were on a downward trajectory in their respective careers.This film would help neither.
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